Juan Soto
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Simply put, Soto had one of the best seasons for a teenager of all time. His talent has never been in question, but the fact he even made his debut in 2018 came as a huge surprise considering he opened the year at Low-A. Soto arrived in the majors May 20 and made an immediate impact, homering in his first career start. He never looked back after that, posting a stellar .923 OPS and missing out on the Rookie of the Year award only because of an equally impressive season from Ronald Acuna. Among MLB hitters with at least 450 PA, Soto ranked sixth in BB% (16.0), 10th in wRC+ (146) and 12th in BB/K (0.80). Again, he was 19 when he did this. He handled righties (152 wRC+) and lefties (128 wRC+) just fine, so don't worry about a platoon. The loss of Bryce Harper may cost him some RBI and runs, but it also likely locks him in as the cleanup hitter indefinitely. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in May of 2018.
Blasts 22nd homer
OFWashington Nationals
September 29, 2018
Soto went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Rockies.
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Soto came through with a few big hits, highlighted by a two-run double in the first inning, followed by a solo homer in the fifth inning. The long ball brought his season total to 22. It's been an impressive rookie campaign for the 19-year-old Soto -- he began the season in Low-A Hagerstown -- who's hitting .294/.407/.521 across 490 plate appearances at the major-league level.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .846 125 18 7 22 0 .279 .360 .486
Since 2016vs Right .949 369 59 15 48 5 .297 .421 .528
2018vs Left .846 125 18 7 22 0 .279 .360 .486
2018vs Right .949 369 59 15 48 5 .297 .421 .528
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .913 242 38 6 32 0 .301 .434 .480
Since 2016Away .929 252 39 16 38 5 .284 .378 .550
2018Home .913 242 38 6 32 0 .301 .434 .480
2018Away .929 252 39 16 38 5 .284 .378 .550
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Juan Soto compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.80
 
BB Rate
16.0%
 
K Rate
20.0%
 
BABIP
.338
 
ISO
.225
 
AVG
.292
 
OBP
.406
 
SLG
.517
 
OPS
.923
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
A fractured right ankle, hamate bone surgery and hamstring strain combined to limit one of the game's most exciting young prospects to just 32 games in 2017. That didn't stop him from reminding dynasty-league owners of his extreme upside when he was on the field. Soto's 172 wRC+ ranked third among Sally League hitters with at least 80 plate appearances. He walked more than he struck out, despite being the third youngest hitter to spend the majority of his season in that league. In addition to an elite approach and hit tool, Soto projects to provide 30-plus homer power in his prime seasons, but he won't generate much value with his legs. Given how advanced his bat is, it would not be surprising if he were aggressively assigned to the Carolina League after just 23 games at Low-A. The ankle and hamate injuries seem flukey, so while it's obviously concerning that he couldn't stay healthy in his first full season, it would be a mistake to discount him too much. All the tools are here for Soto to finish the season as a top-five prospect.
While he has not yet played above short-season ball, Soto made too much noise with his bat last year to qualify as an under-the-radar target in dynasty league drafts. He was seen as an advanced hitter with above-average power potential when the Nationals signed him out of the Dominican Republic for $1.5 million in 2015. So far, Soto has delivered on that promise and then some. He slashed .368/.420/.553 with five home runs, five steals and a 29:17 K:BB in 51 games across stops in the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues, all before turning 18. It is quite rare for a player with the potential for plus power to be showing off an excellent approach and a plus hit tool against professional pitching at an age when most players are between their junior and senior years of high school. Soto should be valued similarly to the top prospects from the 2016 draft class and could follow the same aggressive promotion pattern as organizational mate Victor Robles.
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Launches 21st homer
OFWashington Nationals
September 24, 2018
Soto went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 7-3 win over the Marlins.
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Gets rare day off
OFWashington Nationals
September 23, 2018
Soto is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mets.
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Slugs 20th homer
OFWashington Nationals
September 15, 2018
Soto went 1-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 10-5 loss to the Braves.
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Power surge continues against Phillies
OFWashington Nationals
September 12, 2018
Soto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Phillies.
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Hits game-winning homer
OFWashington Nationals
September 11, 2018
Soto went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, four RBI and a walk in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
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